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Mentos and soda eruptions- lessons on explosive volcanic eruptions part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students participate in a popular experiment with Mentos candies and soda. This helps them learn about the scientific method, gas saturation, bubble nucleation, and explosive volcanic eruptions.

Metric System Conversions: Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) activity part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
This activity helps student learn to convert within the metric system and begin learning about process skill necessary for working in groups.

Heat on the Move part of Earth and Space Science:Summer 2010:Activities
To introduce students to the concept that heat transfer via convection is more efficient then heat transfer via conduction.

Rutherford's enlarged: A content-embedded activity to teach about nature of science part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity can be used to help middle and secondary school students develop more informed understandings of some important aspects of nature of science in the context of teaching them about Rutherford's experiments and atomic structure.

Density-Mystery Canisters part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
For this lesson, we want students to become familiar with the concept density through the experimentation of placing different substances and objects into empty prescription pill bottles and placing them into fresh ...

Demonstrating Climate Change and the Water Cycle to Fifth Grade Students part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Demonstration of the greenhouse effect and its role in climate change, discussion of the phases of water and the water cycle, and a hands-on experiment to investigate the role of temperature in phase changes of ...

The Waves and Tsunamis Project part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
How is a tsunami like a wave on a string? We assemble rubber bands, paper clips and washers into strings with various mass distributions to observe the effects on wave characteristics. The project is supplemented ...

The chemistry of sand: Not all beaches are created equal part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students use science process skills to make observations about various types of sand and make predictions about chemical reactions.

Walking on Water--How Do Water Striders Do It? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity provides students with a first look at water tension and its role in the life of a water strider.

Exploring molecular movement: does temperature matter? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a teacher demonstration used to show an example of kinetic molecular energy using food coloring and water. The students are also given opportunity to develop their own questions and tests.

Force and Motion: Gravity and Wind Resistance part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The egg-drop activity is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the force created by wind resistance and how it interacts with the force due to Gravity. Students will note how surface area affects the resistance of a falling object as Gravity works on it. Students will record and share observations and questions regarding the experiment.

Overnight Crystals to illustrate solubility concepts part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This quick-lab provides a concrete experience with crystal formation from saturated salt solutions that can help students make solubility problems more relevant to their experience.

Investigation of Pitch & Rate of Vibration part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an activity demonstrating how pitch varies using water bottles, and allows students to investigate pitch further with rulers, straws, and water bottles.

Projectile Motion and Gravity part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a mini lab where students see the effects of gravity on objects falling from a resting state and objects projected out from the same level.

Investigating Motion: What Causes Objects to Move? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a structured inquiry into why objects move and why some objects move farther than others. Students will make predictions on how far an object will move when blown on, blow on the objects, measure the distances they moved and record their findings.

Investigating Light: A Form of Energy You Can See part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is a short unit (including hands on activities) to expand our study of how light travels and how it behaves when it hits an object.

Metric Converstion at a Glance part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Metric Conversion at a Glance is an easy way to teach students how to convert one metric measurement into another without the use of fractions. It works for one, two and three dimensions length, area and volume.

Investigating Chromatography: Separating Pigments part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a lab investigation where students design an experiment to extract pigments (AKA chromatography) from different colored, water soluble markers.

What makes things move? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry approach to teaching what force is. Students will learn what push, pull, gravity, and friction are.

Investigating Matter, Solid or Liquid: Barthlomew and the Oobleck part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The students will be able to define solids and liquids from their prior knowledge. The students will be able to verbalize the differences between solids and liquids? Observe, communicate and question when things aren't what they appear to be. Is Oobleck a solid or liquid? The answer is that it is both. Have the students come up with their own answers and to communicate their findings. The students will understand the difference between a non-Newtonian fluid and a liquid or a solid.

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